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Twenty-two BYU seniors say goodbye today at LES

First Published Nov 16 2013 11:02AM      Last Updated Nov 16 2013 12:49 pm

Dress warmly if you are attending the BYU-Idaho State game today at LaVell Edwards Stadium. It is a cold, rainy day in Provo, with a few hints of snow, which has already dusted the mountains about the stadium.

Of course, it is a Senior Day at BYU, as some 22 seniors will play their final home games at LaVell’s place.

For a list of the 22 seniors, check out my advance of the game in today’s Tribune, which can be found online here. The list is at the bottom, left-hand side.

Perhaps the biggest surprises on the list are defensive end Austin Holt and receiver Marcus Mathews. I double-checked those names with a BYU football spokesperson, because Holt and Mathews were listed as juniors when the season began.

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p class="TEXT_w_Indent"> Indeed, neither player plans on returning to the team next season, although both players theoretically could by calling last year their redshirt year. Mathews played in just three games before an illness ended his 2012 season.

Holt played in just four games last year prior to a season-ending injury.

Both players’ careers have been hampered by injuries, illnesses and position switches.

The 22 seniors will receive blankets, a BYU tradition, after the game.

Here are more comments from some of the seniors about what their final game at LES will be like:

Safety Daniel Sorensen on what he will miss:

"The atmosphere, more than anything else, it will be playing with the guys, the guys you play with, the guys you battle with. That’s the emotional tie to this place, to this stadium, is the guys you spend so much time with."

Sorensen on his relationship with coach Bronco Mendenhall and his last game:

 

 

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